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By Anne Salmond

In Bligh, the tale of the main infamous of all Pacific explorers is informed via a brand new lens as an important episode within the background of the area, now not easily of the West. Award-winning anthropologist Anne Salmond recounts the triumphs and mess ups of William Bligh's existence and occupation in a riveting narrative that for the 1st time portrays the Pacific islanders as key gamers. From 1777, Salmond charts Bligh's 3 Pacific voyages with Captain James prepare dinner within the answer, on board the Bounty, and as commander of the windfall. Salmond bargains new insights into the mutiny aboard the Bounty and on Bligh's remarkable 3000-mile trip around the Pacific in a small boat via new revelations from unguarded letters among him and his spouse Betsy. We study in their passionate dating, and her unstinting loyalty in the course of the trials of his turbulent profession and his struggle to transparent his identify. This superbly instructed tale unearths Bligh as a tremendous ethnographer, including to the paradoxical legacy of the famed seaman. For the 1st time, we listen how Bligh and his males have been replaced through their studies within the South Seas, and the way in flip they replaced that island international perpetually. 'Remarkable . . . The mutiny has encouraged a few marvellous books, of which this is often probably the finest.' --Jim Eagles, New Zealand Herald

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